When We Were Young: 950 at the North Shore
As soon as you see it, it needs no introduction — 950 at the North Shore is a new apartment building immersed in recognizable Pittsburgh history. Housed in the Heinz service building, the latest installment of the Heinz Lofts complex on the North Side boasts the iconic brand’s name across the facade, noticeable from nearly every angle along the Allegheny River.
You likely know that the Heinz buildings once housed the Heinz company’s operations, but a decade ago, one-half of the buildings rang in Pittsburgh’s apartment boom when it was developed into the Heinz Lofts. The service building, on the other hand, was built without any windows along the front left wing (once an auditorium), and it was attached to strong historic property laws forbidding any changes to the facade. Through some smart design, including an interior atrium, the Ferchill Group, MCM Co. and Sandvick Architects Inc. were able to add windows and daylighting in the building’s interior while still adhering to the historic building restrictions. Thus, 950 at the North Shore got its start nearly ten years after the Heinz Lofts on the other side.
When it was built in 1930, the Heinz service building housed offices, dining areas, recreational areas and healthcare facilities for the Heinz company’s employees. 950 at the North Shore is one of the city’s best examples of a renovation that honors the building’s past. The facade is nearly exactly the same as it’s always been, with the steel framing fully intact and the original veined marble throughout what was once the auditorium. Exposed brick and other textured wall surfaces exist throughout the building’s common areas and apartments, and there are even original doors, light fixtures and staircases inside. Arched windows lining parts of the facade maintain that original Heinz look from the city, the river and the roads around it.
Inside 950 at the North Shore’s 151 one and two-bedroom units, you’ll find a much more modern scene, but with historical architectural features like exposed beams still intact. The open concept kitchens are equipped with granite countertops, colorful, modern subway tile and state-of-the-art appliances, and the tall ceilings make each unit feel open and airy. Residents enjoy in-suite washers and dryers, internet and cable access and, for some, the original terrazzo floors.
Outside of your individual apartment, you’ll also get to take advantage of amenities like a huge, virtual fitness center, 24-hour on-site maintenance staff, climate controlled garage parking for those cold Pittsburgh winters and an outdoor courtyard with grilling stations for those thank-goodness-it’s-not-cold-anymore summer days. And the location is hard to beat too. In a short jaunt, you can be running along the riverfront trail or in the heart of the Strip District markets shopping for a dinner party.